By: Central News Agency
Tokyo, July 16 (CNA) Akira Higashiyama, a Taiwan-born migrant writer in Japan, won the semi-annual Naoki Prize, a Japanese literary award for popular literature.
He was honored at the award presentation ceremony Thursday evening in Tokyo. The 47-year-old author, who is also known as Wang Chen-hsu in Chinese, in his award-winning novel depicted a family saga based on the tragic stories of his grandfather during the years of hostile confrontation between the nationalist Chinese government and the Chinese communists.
He said that he chose Akira as last name for his pen name, because it is close to the origin of his family, Shandong (??) on the Chinese mainland. As to the forename Higashiyama, it is close to the name of the Taiwanese city of Changhua (??) where he lived during his early childhood. [FULL STORY]